The Shrinking Cities International Research Network (SCiRN™) is a worldwide research consortium of scholars and experts from various institutions pursuing research on shrinking cities in a global context. SCiRN’s mission is to advance international understanding and promote scholarship about population decrease in urban regions and urban decline, causes, manifestations, spatial variations, and effectiveness of policies and planning interventions to stave off decline.
Today SCiRN™ comprises 30 members from 14 countries (Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, UK, and the USA) and a PhD Academy constituted of 14 young researchers (from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Poland, Spain, UK and Taiwan).
SCiRN™ activities include:
- exchange ideas, methods, resources and develop a strategic framework for discussion of the shrinking cities phenomenon,
- disseminate research findings through publications, conferences, workshops,
- network with institutions and other groups focused on similar topics,
- provide policy analysis and advice on shrinking cities and regions.